The parents of a family who went missing last week are facing charges after police say they forced their young sons to live with them in a car for four days.
Zachariah Wilson and his girlfriend Angela Robinson, both of Lakeville, are being both being charged with theft by temporary control and child neglect after prosecutors say they disappeared with their two sons, ages 4 and 7.
Wilson's mother reported the family missing last Friday. She said Robinson used her car Thursday, but didn't pick her up from work as planned or return home with the kids.
Wilson is on probation for making terroristic threats and his family has expressed concern over him being paranoid and having violent tendencies. Robinson has a history of drug use.
Around 3 a.m. Tuesday, a delivery driver reported seeing Robinson, Wilson and the two kids at the loading dock of a grocery store in Minneapolis. When the driver confronted them, Wilson said they were "doing surveillance," with the driver noting he saw Robinson slap one of her sons.
The family fled, and the driver followed them and called police, who eventually pulled the family over and arrested the parents.
Officers said the kids had a "very strong odor" like they hadn't bathed for several days. The 7-year-old boy told a social worker that his family had been driving around for days, slept in their car for five nights and sometimes they didn't get meals.
Robinson and Wilson appeared in court Thursday. Wilson was held on $150,000 bail, while Robinson's bail was set at $75,000.
If convicted, child neglect, a gross misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and up to a $3,000 fine. Theft by temporary control carries a maximum of five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.